- [S4] Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tennessee), 20 Aug 2000.
Russell "Rusty" McKenry obituary
- [S112] Census, 1920.
Name: Robert Mc Kerry
Event Year: 1920
Event Place: , Knox, Tennessee
Marital Status: Single
Birth Year (Estimated): 1919
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Father's Birthplace: Tennessee
Mother's Birthplace: Tennessee
Household ID: 111
Sheet Number: 5
GS Film number: 1821750
Digital Folder Number: 4390409
Image Number: 00463
Household Gender Age Birthplace
SELF Guy Mckenry M 20y Tennessee
WIFE Minnie Mc Kerry F 20y Tennessee
SON Robert Mc Kerry M 1y6m Tennessee
- [S25] Smith Mortuary Company, www.smithmortuary.com, 13 May 2013.
Robert R. McKenry Sr., 94, died May 13, 2013 at home on the same farm where he was born June 26, 1918. The family farm founded in 1845 was later recognized as a Tennessee Century Farm in 2006. As a child, his parents moved to Knoxville where he grew up and worked in the family business, McKenry Produce Co. After marriage he and his wife returned to Blount Co. where he started a successful dairy farm which lasted 60 years to his retirement. He was a member of Oak View Baptist Church. His joys in life were his family, farming, and horses. Preceded in death by: Wife and only love, Sara Louise Brown McKenry; Beloved grandson, Robert Russell McKenry III; parents and siblings. Survivors include: Children, Robert McKenry Jr. (Geraldine), Linda Pryor (Bob), Glenda Carroll (Jim), Philip McKenry (Janice); Grandchildren, Robin Adams (Greg), Eddie Pryor (Hope), Tim Carroll (Susy), LeAnn Cuccinello (Michael), Bethany Hipple (Griffin), Aaron McKenry (Lyssa); Granddaughter-in-law, Laura McKenry; Great-grandchildren, Laura Fields (Chad), Michael Adams, Lydia McKenry, Kathryn and Andrew Pryor, Tyler Rahn, Cate Cuccinello, Matt and Megan Carroll, Jamie and Will Hipple. Funeral service will be at 2:00 PM, Thursday, May 16, 2013 at Smith West Chapel with Rev. Charles Bailey and Rev. David Newman officiating. Family and friends will assemble at 3:00 PM, Thursday, May 16, 2013 at Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery for the interment. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: Bethlehem Chapel Building Fund, c/o Tammy Valentine, 1448 Kay View Drive, Sevierville, TN 37876. Family will receive friends from 12:00 until 2:00 PM, Thursday, May 16, 2013 at Smith West Chapel. Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithMaryville.com.
- [S27] The Daily Times, http://www.thedailytimes.com/, (Blount County, Tennessee), 14 May 2013.
McKenry, owner of Century Farm in Walland, dead at 94
By Joel Davis | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Robert R. McKenry Sr. died Monday at his home on the 168-year-old family farm in Walland where he had been born on June 28, 1918. He was 94.
In 2006, the Center for Historic Preservation and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture designated the McKenry Farm a “Century Farm.” It was founded in 1845.
The Century Farm program started in 1976 as part of the nation’s bicentennial celebration. The program recognizes farms in Tennessee that have been in continuous operation for more than 100 years.
McKenry’s great-grandfather, Samuel McMurray McKenry, founded the 166-acre farm in 1845. According to the family’s records, “a team of horses ran away with Samuel” and he died shortly thereafter.
In 1915, Samuel’s son, Ed McKenry, acquired the farm, rented it out in exchange for a portion of the harvest profits, and moved to Knoxville to work at the S.E. & Son store.
Robert McKenry moved to Knoxville when he was 6, and worked at his family’s store, which sold eggs, poultry and barrels of butter to local bakeries and residents. He worked there until he was 18 and then moved back to the farm.
Ed’s son, Guy McKenry, became the third generation of the McKenry family to own and operate the farm. He diversified and eventually the farm milked 155 cows, produced vegetables, tobacco, chickens, pigs, goats, sheep, beef cattle, corn, hay and raised horses.
In 1951, Robert McKenry took over the land, living in the farmhouse where he, his father and his grandfather were born.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Smith West Chapel with interment following at Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery.
- [S147] Find a Grave, (Memorial: 84053831).